Five senior communities in one day

Five senior-living communities in Tacoma are coming together again on Aug. 17 to offer a one-day tour of their facilities to help seniors find a community that fits their needs, desired  location and budget.

“This is the fourth time we have offered this tour,” said Christine Hall, director of marketing and public relations for Franke Tobey Jones, which is one of the participating communities. “It’s been a very popular event. Each time, our vans have been completely full.”

Participants can start their tour at any of the following five communities and locations by taking one of the vans or driving their own car car:

  • Franke Tobey Jones—Bistro Café, 5340 N. Bristol St.
  • Merrill Gardens—main entrance, 7290 Rosemount Circle.
  • Narrows Glen—main entrance, 8201 6th Ave.
  • Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community—apartment entrance, 1301 N. Highlands Parkway.
  • Weatherly Inn—main entrance, 6016 N. Highlands Parkway.

The day’s program, which will start at 10 a.m., will include a short presentation about senior living. Communities and about today’s activities. Tours will run from 11 to 3 p.m. Each van will will have a representative from that community to answer questions and will stop at all five locations.

“There will be quite a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes,” said Shane Fowler, outreach director at Narrows Glen.

The goal, Fowler added, is “to make sure you are well-informed about the options for senior-living communities in the Tacoma area.”

To reserve a place on the tour and/or a van, RSVPs are requested by Aug. 12 at 253-284-7499.

Kristine Grant, community relations director at Tacoma Lutheran, said seniors “who are thinking about moving into a retirement community” can get answers on pricing, amenities and resources.